We’re proud to announce that Voltus will begin recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth as a company holiday, and encouraging Voltans to do with Juneteenth what matters most to them. We encourage our team to deepen their understanding of the African American experience, find a movement to be part of, or become further immersed in African American cultural events.
At Voltus, we love the grit that goes into overcoming challenges to achieve success and happiness. We can’t think of a grittier success story than that of African Americans in the United States. The atrocity of the beginnings of the story, that are still being told, is eclipsed by the successes and spirit of a culture that has overcome immense oppression, an oppression that continues today. When we reflect on what this day means, we are filled with love, compassion, understanding, and respect. These are values that are on offer for all of us as we recognize the freedom that all people deserve and that many African Americans, sadly, don’t fully experience. Yet, still, the African American tapestry of contributions to what makes America great is, in so many ways, unparalleled. Our lives are filled with the joy of these contributions every moment of the day, from the bounty of the crops that feed our families to the basic freedoms we all enjoy to the artistic contributions that form the rhythmic backdrop of life.
How is it possible that an entire race and culture, enslaved to build the foundation of a country, aren’t leveled up to equal treatment nor celebrated, as they should be, as a triumph of human spirit? Perhaps collective guilt and shame. What a lost opportunity it would be for all of us to not fully understand their journey while helping them fully realize and enjoy the unalienable rights we so often take for granted.
Voltans seek to level playing fields. We are inclusive. We speak truth to power. We have an opportunity to be part of positive change. The celebration of Juneteenth will mark one small contribution to this positive change as we look for more ways to help.